Me, immediately after the finish line
Here I am sitting on my bed after completing the half marathon earlier this morning. I did it in an hour and 48 minutes, and it wasn’t easy. The great amount of respect I had for full marathoners before this race, only doubled when I hit the finish line and realized I had only completed half of what a real marathoner does. My legs hurt, my feet hurt, I am tired, and again I only did half. Much respect to the full marathoners.
As for the race, it was an incredibly experience, that I will not soon forget. 25,000 people took to the streets of Pittsburgh today, with an estimated 70,000 fans lining the route, all made for an indescribable atmosphere. Whenever my legs were beginning to fail, the fans on the sidelines always picked me up and kept me going. The day was hot, the road was long, but I feel good, and am ready for my next challenge.
Speaking of a different challenge, last week my team and I completed the Tough Mudder. A 12 mile obstacle course filled with over 20 obstacles (listed below), all in the mud, and all in the cold. Now this was one of the most extraordinary physical things I have ever done in my life. I think it ranks right below sky diving in amazing experiences of my life.
The beginning we had an amazing guy pump us up with the national anthem, some speeches, a moment of silence and a little Eminem. It was electrifying; everyone was in this little carrel, jumping up and down getting pumped up. And before we knew it, we were off. The rest of the day is a blur of running, jumping, diving, running, climbing, crawling, running, swinging, and being tazered. During the race the comradory and team effort, with not only just my team, but with everyone on the course was inspiring. Anytime, you fell or were struggling, a random stranger would be there to pick you up physically and mentally. We are a great people when we need to be. It is really amazing what the body can do, because after I was done, I just shut down, and my body was allowed itself to feel what it was actually feeling, if that makes sense. I have never been so cold or stiff in my life.
I wish I could explain the atmosphere and the experience better in words, alas, I can barely keep my eyes open after today’s adventure. So enjoy your Monday
List of Obstacles
1) Army Crawl under barb wire in the mud
2) Jump into a bath of below freezing water (put chemicals in so it is below freezing but does not freeze)
3) Large Hill in the mud
4) Two 10 feet walls to climb over
5) Crawl in a pitch black tunnel underground in the mud
6) Fun through smoke and fire
7) Crawl under a cargo net
8) Carry a log for half a mile
9) Climb a cargo net
10) 20 foot jump from a dock into a freezing pond
11) Another crawl under barb wire
12) Run and jump up a half pipe (picture)
13) Crawl in water under live electric wires
14) Climb two 12 foot walls
15) Monkey Bars
16) Trudge through 6 huge mud and water trenches
17) Climb through dark tubes in the water
18) 6 Olympic Rings
19) 20 foot balancing beam over water
20) Run through live wires
all over 12.2 miles